tipping a cat's ear is not barbaric. letting cats breed even once is barbaric. as someone who has dealt with feral cats for years I know tipping the ear is vital to knowing who is who. rescue ranch does a wonderful and vital service for the cat population and I dearly hope everyone will take advantage of it as I have many times. I long for the day when there is not even one homeless cat. maybe then I can take a vacation. until that day I will continue to rescue every cat I can and have them spayed and neutered and ear tipped at rescue ranch. Carolyn wortham
Even though I did not bring my cats here to get fixed I'm sad to say that I find tipping a cat's ear is barbaric. Any form of mutilation is wrong. ASPCA does not agree with this form of methods and I will be contacting them.
from the ASPCA website - http://www.aspca.org/adoption/feral-cats-faq.aspx -- What is Ear-Tipping and Why Is It Important? Ear-tipping is a widely accepted means of marking a feral cat who has been spayed or neutered. It also often identifies them as being part of a colony with a caretaker. Ear-tipping is the humane surgical removal of the top quarter-inch of the left ear. The procedure is performed by a licensed veterinarian, typically during the spay/neuter surgery. Ear-tipping is completely safe and rarely requires special aftercare. Ear-tipping is especially important as it prevents an already spayed or neutered cat the stress of re-trapping and, more important, an unnecessary surgery. end ASPCA web info - begin RR comment - At the Rescue Ranch s/n clinic you have the option NOT to tip for a higher fee ($50), for low-cost ($25) & grants tipping is required.
The Rescue Ranch is an awesome organization, and I would like to say that I support them with all my heart. By heart I mean I am behind them all the way. I love animals and have since I was a small child. I am going to college to be a veterinary technician and with one year left I hope to maybe be a part of this wonderful organization. Organizations such as these warm my heart. I speak so kindly about them because they have helped me alot with spaying and neutering my kitties and doggies. Being an animal lover, but not having the money at hand all the time can be heart breaking and they have solved that problem. Thanks Rescue Ranch, and Mrs. Barbara Bruigiom.
I think that you need to get the word out more about the program you have in the Helena, McRae area. Since I have moved here four months ago I know of four dogs that have been dropped off somewhere. You sound like you have a great org. just need to spread the word a little more. I accidently found you on the internet.
Barbara helped me with my cats not getting along when I got a new cat, and when one of my cats had an infected paw on the weekend and my vet was not available. She is so knowledgeable and caring.
I chose to be a board memeber of The Rescue Ranch when I saw their dedication to animals and the enviroment. The current goals of aggressive spay and neuter programs goes a long way towards dealing with unwanted and abandoned pets. 90% of all money raised goes directly to the animals. In today's economy it is important to get a good value for your dollar. There is no better, more professional organization than this one - I am proud to be a part of it.
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The Rescue Ranch has been invaluable in providing educational information to me on animal care for numerous species. Most recently, I received advice and detailed instructions for relocating a feral cat colony. The feral cats that I had TNR (trapped, neutered and returned) and whom I had been feeding and caring for during the past 2 years were going to be trapped to be “disposed of” which I could not allow to happen. With the information that I obtained from Barbara Bruigom of The Rescue Ranch, I was able to successfully relocate these sweet feral felines so I can continue to care for them. The relocation turned out better than I could have hoped, and it was all due to Barbara’s patient guidance and advice. Additionally, I learned how to safely deal with the snakes living in my yard, happily for me and for the snakes. I also learned practical information for living with the raccoons and ducks in my neighborhood without jeopardizing the wild nature of these animals.
The Rescue Ranch is very dedicated to spaying and neutering all pets. They do a wonderful job helping out pet owners that may not be able to afford to have their pet spayed or neutered. It has been a pleasure working with Barbara to help stop the overpopulation of puppies and kittens. This is a wonderful organization.
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I am a vet working working very closely with the Rescue Ranch on their aggressive spay & neuter programs. I have already seen what a difference it has made in Laurens County. I am very proud to be a part of this vital program!
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I had a stray cat who had six kittens. Through the Rescue Ranch I was able to have my cat spayed and place all of the kittens. I have attended many of the fundraisers at Cedar Lane Supper Club and they are always very enjoyable. I am proud to have this service in my community and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into keeping it afloat.